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Influential students effective at bully prevention, study finds

from HealthDay News

When it comes to bullying prevention, certain students may turn out to be the best teachers, a new study reveals. Over the 2012-2013 academic year, schools with students promoting the anti-bullying messages had a 30 percent drop in reports of student conflicts, the researchers found. Schools with the largest numbers of these "social influencers" had the largest declines in student conflict, the findings showed. The study included students from 56 New Jersey middle schools who had strong social influence within their peer groups. These kids weren't always the most popular kids in a particular grade, but had influence in their peer group. more

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